Spain appoint Luis Enrique as new coach

Tyler Owen
July 10, 2018

Lopetegui had been appointed as new Real Madrid manager and was destined to take over after the tournament in Russian Federation but RFEF president Luis Rubiales was not happy with Lopetegui not informing him about his decision.

Fernando Hierro will not continue as Spain coach, or return to his previous role as sporting director, following the World Cup, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed. "We look for the head coach to be a leader, who sets goals and guidelines everyone should follow".

Spain crashed out of the World Cup to Russian Federation at the last-16 stage after losing a penalty shoot-out.

Spain have been without an official manager since Lopetegui was sacked just days before the start of the World Cup after it was announced he would replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. He's had bigger offers but he wanted to be national team coach and I want to highlight the sacrifice he has made.

The former world champions are seeking a replacement for Fernando Hierro who stepped down following his country's disastrous showing at the World Cup.

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The 48 year old's contract would be for two years, taking them up to the Euros in 2020 that is due to be played at multiple venues around Europe.

Luis Enrique had last been manager of Barcelona till 2017. "Luis Enrique comes with his staff, but he will speak about that topic next week".

Rubiales also appointed former La Roja and Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Jose Francisco Molina as Spain's new sporting director.

Enrique's first game in charge will be a UEFA Nations League game away to England at Wembley on 8 September.

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